Bike for Peace from Norway arrives in Independence today. The Community of Christ will host the cyclists at the Temple World Plaza on River and Lexington. The rally starts at 3 pm.

As partners with the international group, Mayors for Peace, the vision of Bike for Peace is to have a nuclear weapons-free world by 2020. They have 20-20 vision!

They will stop at several other cities on their way to New York City. At one stop earlier on their tour they had an audience with Pope Francis in Rome.

Norwegian rider Tore Naerland is the team's organizer. Because of visual impairment, he rides tandem with another rider. After meeting with KC council member Ed Ford on Thursday morning, the bikers will leave from Parade Park in KC (Troost and The Paseo) at 1 p.m. for the seven-mile ride to Independence. Several local riders will join them. Part-way riders are welcome to join the ride from Graceland University local campus, 1401 W. Truman Road. Be there before 2 p.m. in case the riders are making good time.

All are welcome to gather under the international flags on the World Plaza to hear Mayor Eileen Weir welcome the riders.

Local sponsors include the Community of Christ Peace and Justice Team, PeaceWorks-KC, and the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church Social Responsibility Board.

– James A. Everett